An Array of Campus News

A Record-Setting 100,000 Applications

UCI students on campus

UCI is No. 1 in the University of California system for its jump in freshman hopefuls and for in-state minority bids. A diverse group of 102,210 students applied for fall 2017, and that number – a campus record – is expected to grow since the count for transfer applications was still being finalized at press time. “These spectacular results represent exactly what we have set out to achieve – sending the message to all California residents that an exceptional UC education is accessible to them and that UCI is where they want to be,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman.

Additional Highlights:

  • Count so far: 85,053 freshman applicants, 17,157* transfer applicants
  • Closing the gap: UCI is behind UCLA by just 387 in the number of California-resident freshman applicants. For fall 2016, the gap was 1,312, and in 2015, it was 2,767.
  • Leading the growth: UCI had the largest increase of all UC campuses in freshman applications (7,272).
  • Outpacing the system: UCI saw 10 percent growth in California-resident applicants and 9 percent growth overall, compared with 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively, systemwide.

* pending finalization at press time

“Our data provide additional evidence that deep space travel poses a real and unique threat to the integrity of neural circuits in the brain.”

  • Charles Limoli, professor of radiation oncology
  • NBC News
  • Oct. 10, 2016

Eco-Friendly Fleet

all-electric Anteater Express shuttle

UCI will be the first college campus in the nation to convert its student buses to an all-electric fleet. The Anteater Express shuttle service, run by the Associated Students of UCI, is acquiring 20 buses from BYD (Build Your Dreams) for $15 million. They’ll be built at the company’s Lancaster plant and roll onto campus for the 2017-18 academic year, joining UCI’s hydrogen electric bus to provide more than 2 million rides each year. Going all-electric supports the University of California’s pledge to emit net-zero greenhouse gases from buildings and vehicles by 2025. UCI will slash tons of carbon dioxide and harmful soot annually by replacing diesel with electric buses. “Thanks to a phenomenal partnership between our student organization and the divisions of Student Affairs and Administrative & Business Services, we will move our students this fall in a fleet of zero-tailpipe-emission vehicles – and be the first university in the country to do so!” said Dan Dooros, associate vice chancellor of student affairs.

Learning for Life

Students take a break in the courtyard

Students take a break in the courtyard of the new, five-story continuing education building, which opened last fall. Completion of the 76,000-square-foot facility follows another significant development: the renaming of UCI Extension as the UCI Division of Continuing Education. According to Gary W. Matkin, who has served as dean of the unit since 2001, these two milestones reflect strong momentum for what he calls the “60-year curriculum” – a pursuit of lifelong learning. “This building is the culmination of more than five decades of growth and achievement for the continuing education arm of the university,” he said.

New ICS Dean

Marios Papaefthymiou – an expert in the design of energy-efficient, high-performance computers – began his term as dean of The Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences in January.

Previously, Papaefthymiou was chair of computer science & engineering at the University of Michigan, a position he had held since 2011. He also served as director of the campus’s Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory from 2000 to 2011.

In addition to his academic achievements, Papaefthymiou co-founded Cyclos Semiconductor, a developer of energy-efficient resonant clocking technologies that allow computers to function at high levels with drastically reduced power consumption.

“There is a feeling in the U.S. that there has been an excess of liberalism. People want to take back what was rightfully theirs, and for some that includes taking back the color of the presidency.”

  • Sara Wallace Goodman, associate professor of political science
  • Newsweek
  • Nov. 15, 2016

Vice Chancellor for Business Operations

Ronald Cortez has been named vice chancellor for administrative & business services. Cortez, who begins his new role Feb. 13, brings a wealth of experience in the public sector, such as managing multimillion-dollar budgets and spearheading innovative ideas to streamline large-scale enterprises and improve efficiency. “My goal is to foster an environment of encouraging new administrative ideas and innovation,” he said.

Previously, Cortez was vice president of administration & finance and chief financial officer at San Francisco State University. From 2008 to 2013, he was associate vice chancellor for administrative services at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to that, Cortez was deputy county executive officer for Santa Barbara County. He’s a U.S. Air Force veteran.

“As much as I am upset with the efforts of Republican legislatures to make it harder to register and vote, I don’t think that’s the primary explanation for the Democrats’ failure at the top of the ticket.”

  • Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of law and leading election scholar
  • The New York Times
  • Nov. 12, 2016

Isn’t It Grand?

Greg Louganis, grand marshal of the 128th Rose Parade

Greg Louganis ’81 was a grand marshal of the 128th Rose Parade, themed “Echoes of Success,” on Jan. 2. The four-time Olympic gold medalist, considered to be the greatest male diver of all time, shared the role with fellow Southern California Olympic legends Janet Evans (swimming, shown at center) and Allyson Felix (track and field). The trio have been strong proponents of Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Summer Games. Louganis, an HIV/AIDS activist and LGBT rights advocate, is reportedly the first openly gay individual to serve as a Tournament of Roses grand marshal. “I hope it inspires people,” Louganis told the Pasadena Star-News, “and that they know they are loved.”